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After An Unsuccessful Surgery, Only A Liver Transplant Can Save 2-year-old Rishikesh

Rishikesh is just 2-years-old, yet he has experienced more pain than most adults. He was diagnosed with liver disease soon after birth and has lived with pain and sickness ever since. His condition can only improve after a liver transplant but his family’s financial condition makes it extremely difficult for them to provide for the surgery.

Rishikesh and his mother, Uma

Rishikesh’s conditioned worsened after an unsuccessful surgery

Uma, Raj, and their daughter Raksha were thrilled when Rishikesh finally arrived in their lives. But within two months, their happiness was taken away when he became ill. Rishikesh had a high fever and his skin and eyes had turned yellowish. He was taken to a hospital and the doctors said it was jaundice. In little time, Rishikesh’s condition got worse and he was diagnosed with Biliary Atresia, a disease in which one or more bile ducts are blocked or absent. This means that his liver was deteriorating due to the accumulated bile. 

 Uma, Rishikesh and Raj (father) at the hospital

At the age of just three months, he had an unsuccessful surgery that inserted a duct inside his body. But instead of getting better his condition deteriorated and he developed an infection. He needed another surgery just to save his life. Only a liver transplant can save Rishikesh now.

The last two years have been full of suffering for Rishikesh

In the crucial early days of his life when he should learn about the world around him - Rishikesh has only seen medical observation, routine checkups and an endless injections of antibiotics and vitamins. It hasn’t been easy for Rishikesh’s parents, Raj and Uma, to watch him suffer so much. Despite doing everything in their capacity, they still can't afford the one thing that promises to save their son’s life.

"I have visited every person that I thought could help. I spend every minute thinking of ways to arrange for the money, but it seems impossible. I can’t lose my son due to poverty. I cannot give up on my baby," says Raj, Rishikesh’s father.

Raj and Uma have no financial means to provide for the liver transplant

Raj Kumar is the only working member of the family. He is a carpenter earning minimum wage. He and his wife, Uma have come all the way from Avinashi, Tamil Nadu to Bangalore for Rishikesh’s treatment leaving their 5-year-old daughter with a relative. They begged and borrowed at high interest to provide for their son’s initial procedures. Now, they have no money left for the life-saving liver transplant he needs. They are struggling to even travel to the hospital and buy Rishikesh’s additional medicines. 

"There is a way out. God has given a chance to save my son from this disease. So many times, there is no hope or options. How can we parents forgive ourselves if we miss this chance to save him? He deserves a life," says Uma.

His mother is the donor for the transplant but they can't afford the cost

A ‘split’ liver transplant is the only solution. Fortunately, tests found Uma to be a compatible donor. In this case, a part of Uma’s full-grown liver will be surgically transplanted to Rishikesh’s small body. The transplant needs to be done immediately because Rishikesh is running out of time. He vomits anything he eats and his condition deteriorates every day. 

The total cost of the ‘split’ liver transplant alone is Rs 10,00,000. Raj and Uma can’t afford such a colossal amount and now, they need your help to make this possible. 

How you can help

Raj has already provided much more than he could afford for Rishikesh’s treatments up till now. He and his wife, Uma have exhausted all their resources and now, they need Rs 10,00,000 for the life-saving liver transplant Rishikesh needs.

Your contributions will save Rishikesh’s life and give him a childhood he deserves.

Please note: 100% of funds raised will be transferred towards Rishikesh's treatment. Every contribution will be matched to raise funds faster and help little Rishikesh. This fundraiser campaign is supported by The Pravin Agarwal Fund.

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